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Gibson Family Daycare

14703 Killarney Lane
Smithville, MO 64089

(816) 866-4700

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Counting bears & games
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • cd's
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We have circle time, art time, story time, sing songs, build on our social & motor skills,and have outdoor play. We also have a V'Smile with Art Pad/Dance Mat along with My First LeapPad to help with our reading skills. We take the time to enjoy each day giving to us and to enjoy our time as a child.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

My experience includes: running my own family childcare, being a former Toddler/Preschool Teacher of 12yrs, and also a mother of two. I have been CPR/First Aid trained and had certified training in years past. I have great references that include past and present parents.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

As a family child care provider, my goal is to provide a safe and happy place for children where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially at their own pace. I believe children learn through play and benefit from a structured yet flexible schedule. Activities will be offered which stimulate sensory motor development, language development and social interaction. The development of strong self-esteem and respect is also a major goal. I really do not just want to be another daycare, but a place where your child feels like it is their home away from home. I look forward to you and your child becoming part of the family.

A Typical Day

Note: We do not have a set schedule except for lunch and nap. We however do try and follow the activities in order to help maintain structure for the children.

~Arrival/Breakfast Time

~Free Play

~Circle Time
(weather,shapes,colors, and songs)

~Art/Special Activity

~Outside Play

~Lunch Time around (11:30 a.m.)

~Free Play/Clean-Up

~Story Time

~Nap Time (1:00-3:00 p.m.)


~Snack Time

~Outside Play

~Free Play until Parents Come


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

This is a hard time for both parent and child. I have an open door policy and the parent is welcome to stay as long as needed. The child is given all the attention needed until they have become settled. Most times the child is fine once the parent is out of sight.